I Need to Give up my Cat


Do you need to find a new home for your pet?

If you have need to find a new home for your personal pet, this page should give you some information about how we can help.

Did you adopt your animal through BBAWC? We do commit to always taking our cats back, if the adoption does not work out – in fact its in our adoption agreement. However, being a small group – advance notice is very helpful and important.  If you think you may need to re-home your cat PLEASE let us know as soon as you can so we can make sure there is a safe foster space for your pet where they will be happy. If you did not adopt from us, you should contact the organization you did adopt through to see if they have a similar policy.

First, we are not a traditional shelter so we do not have a facility where we can simply take the animal from you.  We can help you place the animal through listings and adoption events if you or a friend or family member can foster the animal until we find a new home for it.

If you can foster, we can provide help with medical care to get the animal ready for adoption.  If you have medical records for your pet, please have your vet send the information to BBAWC via fax or email.  We require that our adoptable animals be spayed, microchipped (with one of our microchips), up to date on their vaccines and tested for FeLV/FIV.

We ask that rescuers read and sign a Rescuers Agreement which lists our rules and procedures.  We also ask you to request Membership in our Yahoo group which is where useful information, files and event announcements are shared. Please email us so we can discuss further.

If you cannot foster then you should find a more traditional shelter which can take the animal.  The best resource for information about such groups is the Mayor’s Alliance for Animals list of APO’s.

Keep in mind that if you are bringing a cat into NYC AC&C they are required to accept all animals brought into their shelter.  However, because of space limitations, animals brought into the city shelter may be at higher risk of euthanasia if they have medical or behavior problems. Young kittens who require overnight care are especially at risk.  Thus, the earlier in the day the kittens are brought into the shelter, the better chance they have of finding a foster home before the shelter closes.  For these reasons, if it is at all possible for you to foster the animal you find and not surrender it to NYC AC&C, the animal will have a better chance of survival and finding a good adoptive home.